Felling finished on Karamu Stream
The felling of large walnut and poplar trees along the stretch of Karamu Stream between Crosses Road and Havelock Road is now complete, and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is encouraging people to take a walk down the newly reopened stretch of the stream and see what a difference it has made.
“The area looks bigger and more inviting,” says regional council communications manager Drew Broadley.
“And the native plantings that have been in shadow are already starting to perk up.
“The felling has been timed so the native plantings have winter to acclimatise before they face the Hawke’s Bay sun next summer.”
Planting of the native trees started as a millennium project, headed by the St Columba’s Havelock North Environmental House Group led by Cyril and Hettie Park, in 1997.
Jim Watt, a founder member of the group, says the intention was always to remove the mature trees as the native plantings became established.
“We started planting at the Havelock Road bridge and did about 100m at a time until, 10 years later, we ended up at Crosses Road Bridge.
“The schools did a lot of planting. In summer we formed chain gangs with buckets to water the plantings.”
Six of the 100-year-old walnut trees have been retained, in consultation with the public and with advice from an arborist. Sixteen walnut trees and 21 poplars were removed.
The poplars and walnut branches were chipped and the chippings will be used locally, while timber from the walnut trees has been purchased by a Havelock North resident and will be used for building work and furniture.
Residents in the Mary Doyle Trust Lifecare Complex villas that were formerly shaded by the trees say they are delighted to see the sun coming through their windows, especially with winter looming.
The regional council wanted the work finished and the pathway reopened as quickly as possible to give people back their recreational space, Drew says.
The stretch between the Havelock Road and Crosses Road bridges is part of an extensive Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Te Karamu enhancement scheme, which aims to create a ribbon of native plants and birdlife along the length of the Karamu Stream.
TIMBER! The tress being removed.
LEFTOEVERS: Wood chips created from the felled trees to be used locally.